Monday, April 16, 2012
National Volunteer Week runs is April 15-21 and we are sharing some of our best volunteer stories throughout the week.
Maplewood Family Branch
Besides learning how to swim at the Maplewood YMCA as a young boy, Hugh began volunteering for the Maplewood YMCA as a board member many years ago. He’s been a Splash volunteer for many years as well. As a dedicated Kodak employee, Hugh has also been Maplewood’s resident photographer throughout his time as a member. Over the last 10 years, Hugh has taken on the Maplewood Y library as a project, getting book donations and organizing them into useful categories for members to enjoy. During Maplewood’s recent renovation, Hugh organized lunches with displaced members and tours of the ongoing construction. Hugh’s impact on the Maplewood YMCA is indescribable. He gives of himself freely and often and has done so for numerous years. He has connections with staff and other members that are beyond comparison.
Lewis Street Child Care Center
Jennifer Bills has been a volunteer at the Lewis Street Child Care Center for the past 3 years! She has been an administrative volunteer in office 4 days week, and also participates in the in the mid day and afternoon. She has participated in our SACC programs, daycare programs, summer SACC programs, and she is an Invest in Youth supporter. She has assisted with community outreach programs within the community three years in row, supported several special Y events (i.e. Invest in Youth dinners, fundraisers, music event w/Hochstein and more). She has been a tremendous asset and we enjoy the passion and dedication she shows towards our Y. She is described as detailed, helpful, caring, and dedicated. We’re so grateful to have her in our YMCA family!
Monroe Family Branch
Prior to Leona becoming our “Morning Child Whisperer” (Child Watch Staff Extraordinaire), she volunteered at our Member Service Desk, where she took pride in providing excellent customer service to our members. She quickly learned names and greeted members personally as they entered our faculty. She sought out answers when they weren’t at her fingertips and followed through with members as expected of any paid employee to do so. She quickly learned our systems and easily navigated through them. Leona came to us as a Silver Sneaker Member, originally hailing from the Boston area where she also had ties to the YMCA as a volunteer and employee. Currently, Leona is a paid staff member in our Child Watch Program, where she has bonded deeply with the young children and their parents who regularly visit the Monroe Y. Although she is now a staff member, she still volunteers on a regular basis at family events where her patience and love of children really shines through! For all you do for us, Leona, thank you!